Karl Case: The American Dream of Homeownership May Be Over

by 24 Apr 2012
  (Yahoo News) -- There are two ways to discern today's S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index numbers: home prices are at 10-year lows and likely to fall further or home prices are recovering because prices are declining at a slower pace. Economist Karl Case, co-founder of the widely followed S&P/Case-Shiller index, has a more optimistic view on the market. He says there are cities and towns where the market "is cleaning and prices are holding" and notes that a reduction in new construction will bring the market more in line with the number of people seeking to buy. "We're bouncing along a rocky bottom," Case says in the accompanying video. The S&P/Case-Shiller Index aggregates home prices in 20 major U.S. cities. February home prices fell 0.8 percent compared to January levels and home prices are down 3.5 percent from February 2011. The rate at which home prices fell in February was the smallest one-month drop in a year, a sign that housing may be stabilizing. A report from the Commerce Department Tuesday showed new home sales in March dropped 7.1 percent from February to a seasonally adjusted rate of 328,000. February's numbers were revised upward to 353,000 new homes from the previously reported 313,000 units. Full article



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